BY NICK JOHNSON

Times Bulletin Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

CONVOY - The Crestview Lady Knight basketball team welcomed the Continental Lady Pirates to Crestview High School on Monday night in girls basketball action.

The Lady Knights got a hard-fought victory over the Lady Pirates, 49-44.

The first quarter started out slow for both teams, as neither scored double. The Lady Knights got four straight points from Kennis Mercer to give Crestview an 8-2 lead.

Continental got a putback basket from Leva Weller to push the score to 8-5 to end the first.

Continental started the second quarter with a quick basket from Paige Ordway to cut the Crestview lead to 8-7.

The Lady Knights then went on a 10-0 run, including a three-pointer from Mercer and a basket Lindsey Motycka, to push the score to 18-7, Crestview.

The Lady Pirates got a three-pointer and a layup from Taylor Williamson to decrease the Crestview lead to 18-13.

The Lady Knights got a layup from Mariah Henry to go into halftime with a 23-15 lead.

Continental started the second half hot, as Williamson sank a three-pointer and added another layup to go along with a Weller layup put the score at 25-22, Crestview.

The Lady Knights got seven points from Emily Bauer to end the third quarter and give Crestview a 34-24 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Crestview used a Bauer layup and a Motycka layup to push the lead to 11, and make the score 41-30.

With the score 44-35, the Lady Pirates went on a 7-0 run to narrow the gap to four points. Continental got two points from Weller and five points from Ordway to cut the score 44-40.

The Lady Knights got two points from Mercer and two points from Motycka to help close out the game with the score 49-44, Crestview.

Crestview had two girls in double figures: Mercer and Bauer, both with 11 points.

Continental's leading scorer was Williamson, who also led all scorers, with 18 points and Weller also contributed 10 points in the game.

"I thought we played well for about three quarters. We got the lead built up to about 11 or 12, and we talked about after the game about we need to do a better job of finishing. We missed some free throws, missed some easy shots and had some turnovers. We kind of made it a tougher game then it had to be," said Crestview coach Greg Rickard.

"We've have kind of been that way all year. These girls it really doesn't bother them when they get down. I guess we are kind of young and they don't really think about it and the pressure situations," added Rickard.

Both teams came into Monday night's matchup with a 9-1 record on the year. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 10-1 on the year, while the Lady Pirates drop to 9-2 on the year.

Crestview (FG, FT, 3PT)

Kennis Mercer 3-7 2-2 1-5 11, Mackenzie Riggenbach 1-3 1-3 2-7 9, Mariah Henry 1-4 1-2 0-0 3, Emily Bauer 4-7 3-3 0-0 11, Lindsey Motycka 4-8 0-1 0-2 8, Kristen Hicks 3-6 1-2 0-0 7 Totals: 16-35, 8-13, 3-14, 49

Continental (FG, FT, 3PT)

KrystleProwant 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Erica Fitzwater 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Williamson 4-7 4-4 2-6 18, Vanessa Koppenhofer 3-9 2-4 0-0 8, Sloane Zachrich 0-3 1-5 0-0 1, Paige Ordway 2-3 0-0 1-3 7, Sara Deken 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Leva Weller 4-6 2-3 0-0 10, Totals: 13-33, 9-16, 3-9, 44